2021 Top Ten Issues in Health Law Podcast Series
Top Ten 2021
This special 10-part series, based on January's "Top Ten Issues in Health Law 2021" article in Health Law Connections magazine, brings together thought leaders from across the industry to delve deeper into the top ten issues of 2021.
1. A New President Signals a New Focus for Federal Health Policy
Martie Ross, PYA, speaks to Eric Zimmerman, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, about the impact that the new Biden Administration will have on health policy. They discuss what to expect from the Administration and Congress in the weeks and months ahead, focusing on the COVID pandemic, expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act, surprise billing regulations, and the continued transition to value-based payment models.
2. Fraud and Abuse Trends to Watch
Carol Carden, PYA, speaks to Joe Wolfe, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC, and Tony Maida, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, about the top fraud and abuse trends to watch in 2021. They discuss government enforcement in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the recent changes to the Stark and AKS final rules, the use of blanket waivers, and increased scrutiny related to the expansion of telehealth.
3. A Movement Toward Racial Equity in Health Outcomes
Annapoorani Bhat, PYA, speaks to Dawn Hunter, Network for Public Health Law, about current racial disparities in health care and how to promote racial equity in health outcomes. They discuss how health care disparities currently manifest in the United States, ways to classify and frame racial bias, legislative and policy actions that have impacted health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities, and what hospitals and individuals can do to address this issue.
4. Massive Expansion in Telehealth Ushered in by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Martie Ross, PYA, speaks to Sunny J. Levine, Foley & Lardner LLP, about the ways in which the health care industry has been transformed by the expansion of telehealth over the past year. They discuss the various waivers at the federal and state levels that have expanded telehealth, developments related to prescribing practices and licensure requirements, the debate over parity legislation, and issues related to the rise of remote patient monitoring.
5. Opportunities and Risks with Increased Interoperability in Health Care
Barry Mathis, PYA, speaks to Alaap Shah and Elizabeth Scarola, Epstein Becker & Green PC, about the challenges associated with the collection, storage, and use of big data in health care. They discuss issues related to regulating the various players who are driving data sharing and interoperability, navigating the regulatory variations among the states, tackling issues related to data blocking, how the pandemic has affected the big data environment, and predictions for the future.
6. Resilience and Reinvention—Partnering in a Pandemic
Michael Ramey, PYA, speaks to Torrey McClary and Ranee Adipat, Ropes & Gray LLP, about how the pandemic has affected health care transactions, specifically among hospitals and health systems, and what to expect going forward. They discuss impacts to hospital deal flow, changes to structuring and execution, emerging trends in hospital and health system deal making, and advice for transaction advisors.
7. Vaccination Law in the Age of COVID-19
Valerie Rock, PYA, speaks to Brian Dean Abramson, author of Vaccine, Vaccination, and Immunization Law, about how COVID-19 has impacted the laws and regulations related to vaccine development and distribution and considerations that organizations should consider when crafting vaccine policies. They discuss recent litigation and legal activity; issues related to rollout and distribution, mandates and exemptions, and vaccine injuries; and staying abreast of the myriad laws and regulations from government agencies.
8. Behavioral Health Outlook
Lori Foley, PYA, speaks to Gerald (Jud) E. DeLoss, Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, about the intersection between behavioral health and the rest of health care, especially as it relates to issues of privacy and confidentiality. They discuss changes to SAMHSA’s 42 CFR Part 2, key drivers behind those changes, and how the CARES Act has substantially modified these regulations over the past year.
9. Price Transparency—The Transformation Saga Continues
Kathy Reep, PYA, speaks to Connie Akridge, Holland & Hart, about the requirements related to provider and payer price transparency in 2021. They discuss the Hospital Price Transparency Rule and reasons for hospital non-compliance, the Transparency in Coverage Rule and payers’ response, and the transparency requirements for both providers and payers under the No Surprises Act.
10. Risk Management and Professional Liability
Bob Paskowski, PYA, speaks to E. Dale Burrus and Lauren M. Nelson, Spencer Fane LLP, about the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted health providers in their management of risk and heightened the awareness of long-standing risk issues. They discuss issues related to provider burnout, patients with non-COVID conditions, state-enacted immunities from prosecution, the increased use of telehealth, cybersecurity, and discrepancies in health care.
Thank You to Our Top Ten 2021 Podcast Series Sponsor
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Top Ten Issues in Health Law 2021 Article
This special 10-part podcast series is based on the "Top Ten Issues in Health Law 2021" article, featured in the January issue of Health Law Connections.